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Lebanese Quince Jam, A Sweet Winter Recipe

Have you met the quince? You might have come across it in a market and passed it by. It’s yellow, but not yielding like an apple. It looks like a bumpy pear. Raw, it’s inedible. What do you do with it? The simple answer is: cook it. Quinces under heat become sweet and tender, with […]

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Eatwith, The Airbnb for Foodies

There’s a new business afloat that links people to people for the purpose of sharing authentic local dining experiences.  I found EatWith.com a month too late for this summer’s vacation, but there’s always next time. I’m fresh back from a few weeks in Europe, a family reunion through Paris and Venice and Rome that doubled […]

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ABC News Sued Over Pink Slime

Beef Products Inc says that the ABC network is to blame for its economic woes. What’s in a name? Beef Products Inc (BPI) is suing ABC News for $1.2 billion, claiming economic damage from  the network’s use of the words “pink slime” to describe the mass of connective tissue ground together, washed in ammonia, and […]

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Pink Slime A Non-Issue for Kosher McDonald’s

Good news! McDonald’s burgers sold in Israel don’t contain pink slime, and never did.  Pink slime, a beef filler ingredient made from from slaughter house beef trimmings is freaking out consumers worldwide. The pink slime is made as meat parts are converted to pink slime as the meat passes through a centrifuge. Pink slime aroused […]

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Israeli Technology Creates The Basil Tree

Flavorful basil for cooking now grows on trees, says Hishshtil, Israeli garden and agricultural nursery. I’m used to growing a handful of basil sprouts in a window box, never enough for two batches of pesto (see our delicious pesto recipe here). It seems like a dream to stroll over to a tree and pluck off […]

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Israel Relaxes Regulations On Medical Marijuana

Cannabis is known to give blessed relief from the pain of cancer. Yet the plant helps people suffering from many other ailments, such as multiple sclerosis, colitis, neurological pain, and post-trauma stress disorder. Until now, the herb has not been in the first line of treatment for chronic pain. Rather, conventional medicine has viewed it […]

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Balyolu: Turkey’s First Honey Tasting Tour

Anyone who loves nature will enjoy Balyolu’s week long tour on Northeastern Turkey’s honey road. Update May 20, 2020: this tour is no longer operating.  It’s impossible to understate the importance of bees. Like fruit bats – thousands of which were gunned down by unknown assailants in Lebanon last weekend – they are pollinators that […]

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Stevia Sweeteners Now Approved in Israel

No-calories, almost no side effects, and naturally sweet. Israel, meet stevia. Israel’s Ministry of Health approved the use of powdered stevia herb as a natural “table sweetener,” says Israel Solodoch, director of Nufar Natural Products, Israel’s main supplier of stevia-based products. Known in Central and South America for centuries, the sweet leaf has gained popularity […]

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Top 6 Freaky Foods To Avoid

Human hair in bread, arsenic-laced holy water, and chemically-treated veggie burgers are among the top 6 freaky foods to stay away from. Step on in to learn more. Over the years we have covered a host of freaky food and water-related stories that have the power to turn even the most adventurous eater into an […]

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Your Nightcap May Be Giving You Insomnia

Alcohol actually interferes with restful sleep. As a home wine maker, I don’t like to be told that a couple of glasses will do any harm at any time.  And with all the exciting green developments in Israeli wine, it’s hard to pass up the opportunity to taste some of the latest cool vintages during […]

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Are You Eating Arsenic With Your Chicken?

Looks ‘finger lickin good’; but how much arsenic is inside? Issues over whether the poison arsenic is being fed to commercial poultry in many countries, has now come to a head again with the USA’s Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA) has now admitted that amounts of the cancer causing poison arsenic is being fed to […]

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Estrogen Exposure Raises Blood Pressure Via the Brain

New animal research is significant: Chronic estrogen exposure leads to a build up of a compound in the brain that causes blood pressure to rise. For years, women were told that the estrogen they consumed in the form of contraception or hormone replacement therapy had heart-protective benefits. Recent research suggested otherwise: long-term exposure to estrogen […]

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Squirming Worms Found In Sharjah Easter Egg

Indianmeal moth larvae are frequently described as “worms” found in pantries and grocery stores. Biting into a chocolate Easter egg full of squiggly insects is high on the list of experiences no consumer ever wants to have. Sharjah Municipality in the United Arab Emirates recently responded to a consumer complaint that an Easter egg purchased […]

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Mind-Blowing Effects of Coffee and Sex

That cappucino may not put a smile on your face if you are at risk for a stroke. A new study from The Netherlands suggests that having sex and drinking coffee can temporarily raise your risks of strokes or brain aneurysms. Several triggers were identified in the study published by the American Heart Association including […]